April 3 (Bloomberg) — Raising taxes for top earners was anathema to Representative Dave Camp. Still, there he was on New Year's Day 2013 backing a plan to do just that — averting a U.S. fiscal crisis — to help John Boehner.

Camp's announcement this week that he won't seek re- election means one less loyal lieutenant for Boehner. The Ways and Means Committee chairman is the latest supporter of the House speaker to call it quits.

Boehner is also losing Mike Rogers, an ally who owed his position as Intelligence Committee chairman to the Ohio Republican. Doc Hastings, among the speaker's most reliable supporters, is leaving after 20 years. Tom Latham considered retiring in 2012 and postponed the exit until now, partly to help his friend Boehner keep the Iowa seat in Republican hands.

"Anytime you lose members with this kind of expertise and know-how, it's a burden for leadership," said John Feehery, a Republican consultant and aide to former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert. "There's a lot of responsibility that falls to John."

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